Last year, Jacob Garretson of Central in many ways was a loner at the 2014 State Bowling Championships.
Central lost in the biregional in what Garretson recalled this week was “one of the most devastating losses I ever had.” He would go on to win the singles title by three over Jacob Arceneaux of Vandebilt Catholic.
But the Wildcats, with Garretson now a senior, have gotten through this year to the 2015 semifinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Championships and will try to do what hasn’t been done since 2007 — win the state open division title for the Baton Rouge region.
“I think it is very rewarding,” Garretson said of getting to Friday’s play at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette. “It feels good to get to the semifinals. It’s like a payoff for all the work we have done. It doesn’t guarantee us anything. But it gives us a chance. This (bowling) team is the best Central has ever seen by far. It’s a group of bowlers that came together for a similar goal.”
The semifinals in both the boys/open and girls divisions will star at 11 a.m. Friday.
Central will face H. L. Bourgeois in one open semi, while Brother Martin will meet the defacto home team, Lafayette High. In girl’s semis, Central will meet Ellender while St. Scholastica will face Central Lafourche. No defending champs are alive assuring new champions in both divisions.
The championship matches follow at 1 p.m. There is a $5 admission fee on competition day.
Basketball, bowling playoffs
Niki Edwards of Parkway in Bossier City will have a unique double when he steps onto the lanes Friday in singles. He helped the Panthers advance thru a couple of playoff rounds in hoops and he rolled 214-229 to get to the semifinal round.
“(Parkway principal Nichole Bourgeois) said since we couldn’t get a (state title) in basketball, she wants me to get her one in bowling,” Edwards told Matt Vines of the Shreveport Times. “I really want to do this for Parkway.”
Dutchtown senior Chad Conard will represent a team that in its two years has greatly benefitted by the opening of Premier Lanes in Gonzales.
“With Premier being so close,” said Conard, “It has really aided in people having transportation to that close of a location. We didn’t have to come to All Star or Circle to have a practice. Coach (Corey) Ledet has stepped up and made sure we were organized and ready for each match.”
Dutchtown’s biggest match win may have come against Jesuit in the biregional. The New Orleans school was quickly knocked out as Dutchtown rolled over 1,200 in each of the first two games.
Conard advanced with a 209.67 average. “I try to practice as often as I can, especially on spares,” he said. “You don’t want to leave any pins out there.”
Other area bowlers in singles are Michael Rachal from Comeaux, Scott Bergeron from South Terrebonne, Perry Giambrone and Jonathan Hart from Rummel, Dylan Chesterman and Scott Vedros of Shaw.
Representing the girls from the BR region are Bailee Chapman from East Ascension, Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge High and Ashley Hewes of Denham Springs. Also in the field are Hailie Savoie of Teurlings Catholic, Johanna Trahan of Lafayette and Kayla Engeron of St. Charles Catholic.